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My Spotify Top Songs of 2016 Playlist

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My Spotify Top Songs of 2016 playlist is a nice mix of funk, soul, a little country and some surprises. Enjoy!

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Written by Peter Jebsen

27. Dezember 2016 at 23:09

R.I.P., Rick Parfitt! Status Quo’s Search for the Fourth Chord is Over

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I was sad to hear yesterday that Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt has passed away –
which was confirmed on Quo’s official Facebook page:

This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo’s touring activities on medical advice.

I always had a soft spot in my heart for this British rock and roll institution. And I actually have been listening to lots of their music in the past few weeks because I just discovered their great „Aquostic“ albums which manage to breathe new life into their classics. Stripped down, many of them prove to be just great songs which also work without their standardized simplified boogie rock (see playlist below).

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25. Dezember 2016 at 10:19

George Clinton reveals why he keeps his mouth shut about new music that pisses him off [Video]

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Yesterday in Singapore, Parliament/Funkadelic’s George Clinton aka Dr. Funkenstein met classic rap group The Sugarhill Gang („Rapper’s Delight“). He had a nice two-part Periscope chat with them about the origins of P.Funk and rap, touring together, his musical backgropund and collaborators (including Skip McDonald/Bernard Alexander and Doug Wimbish, members of Sugarhill’s house band, plus Philippé Wynne, Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins), and the story behind several of P.Funk’s greatest hits:

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‚Birthday Boy‘ Steve Cropper (75) on Co-Writing Otis Redding’s Posthumous Hit „Dock of the Bay“

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Happy 75th birthday, Steve Cropper (who was part of Stax Records house band The Mar-Keys/Booker T. & the M.G.’s and The Blues Brothers band)!

I just got goosebumps after hearing his story about co-writing Otis Redding’s „(Sittin‘ on) The Dock of the Bay“ which, according to Wikipedia, became the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US:

Otis Redding never heard the electric guitar. I played the acoustic guitar on that track, and then I overdubbed that weekend. On a Friday evening, I overdubbed the guitar licks which I was gonna play him on Monday but he never got back for me to play it to him.


Otis Redding died in a plane crash on Sunday, December 10, 1967.
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Looking back at Notting Hill Carnival 2016 … and London

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After my annual trip to the Great British Beer Festival I returned to London for the second time in August for the Caribbean party Notting Hill Carnival. Here is my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter photo diary – there are not too many carnival photos because, with up to 2 million revellers present, phone coverage is spotty:



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Written by Peter Jebsen

8. September 2016 at 21:19

Funk-A-Hall-Licks Wooing the World (1991 Bernie Worrell interview from the New Funk Times archive)

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Bernie Worrell in 2009 - concert with SociaLibrium at the jazz club Porgy & Bess in Vienna (Photo: Manfred Werner/Tsui. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Bernie Worrell in 2009 – concert with SociaLibrium at the jazz club Porgy & Bess in Vienna (Photo: Manfred Werner/Tsui. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

I was sad to hear that Bernie Worrell, P.Funk’s „Wizard of Woo“, passed away yesterday at the age of 72. I last saw him in person a long time ago – he, his wife Judie, his band and I were holding hands backstage at New Orleans‘ Tipitina’s club, praying for a good show.

On a personal note: My favorite P.Funk has always been about George Clinton, Bernie, Bootsy Collins and Garry Shider – the hustler and the three musical geniuses. (I am sure George won’t mind – he and I talked about this. ;-) )

Here is a phone interview about his album „Funk of Ages“ I did with him in 1991, for the P.Funk newsletter New Funk Times I used to publish from the late ’80s to early ’90s (continuing the great work of Archie Ivy & Co.).

New Funk Times: I was wondering if you cut any of the basic tracks with the whole band present in the studio, or were there a lot of over-dubs going on?

Bernie Worrell: There’s a lot of over-dubs. You won’t believe the size of the studio I had to record it at! It’s pretty small, but the one good thing about it was… a lot of recording studios in New York don’t have windows, you can’t see out to the street. But this one was in what we call the Tribeca area, and it had two windows. So at least we could see outside.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

25. Juni 2016 at 21:26

Everything you always wanted to know about music genres but were afraid to ask!

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On the amazing website Every Noise at Once you find samples of 1436 styles on one map:
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Flashback ins Jahr 1991: Besuch im Prince-Studio Paisley Park

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Prince (Photo: Nicolas Genin / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. / http://bit.ly/21aIC9W)

Prince (Photo: Nicolas Genin / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. / http://bit.ly/21aIC9W)

Während meiner Zeit als Musikjournalist traf ich im Herbst 1991 in den Paisley Park Studios von Prince in Chanhassen/Minnesota drei Mitglieder seiner damaligen Band New Power Generation. Prince selbst war nicht anwesend; aber ich denke, dass das Interview einen ganz guten Einblick in seine damalige Arbeitsweise gibt. Das Gespräch und der darauf folgende Studio-Report erschienen in Ausgabe 1/92 des FACHBLATT Musik Magazins.

PRINCE AND THE NEW POWER GENERATION

Michael Bland, Kirk Johnson, und Damon Dickson – Des Prinzen neuer Hofstaat

Schon mit zwölf beherrschte Prince Rogers Nelson 20 Instrumente. Mit 19 unterzeichnete er – ein Novum für Nachwuchsmusiker – einen Vertrag über drei LPs, die von ihm produziert, arrangiert, komponiert und eingespielt wurden. Prince soll damit der jüngste amerikanische Künstler sein, dem völlige kreative Kontrolle eingeräumt wurde.

Nachdem er sich mit Platten wie 1999 und PURPLE RAIN – und diversen kommerziellen Flops – als wohl innovativster Künstler der 80er Jahre bewiesen hatte, läutete Prince mit seiner jüngsten LP DlAMONDS AND PEARLS ein neues Kapitel in seiner Karriere ein. Seine New Power Generation, die als die bisher funk-lastigste Prince-Band gilt, stellte er aus bewährten Kreativ-Komplizen und jungen Talenten zusammen. Gitarrist Levi Seacer, Jr., hatte schon länger mit Prince zusammengearbeitet. Er ist der musikalische Kopf der NPG, als deren gesangliches Aushängeschild die jazzerprobte Rosie Gaines fungiert. Tommy Barbarella ersetzte Dr. Fink als Keyboarder; neuer Bassist ist Autodidakt Sonny T., den Prince selbst als eins seiner Kindheitsidole bezeichnet – »er kann alles spielen oder singen, was er hört – Soul, Jazz oder Klassik!« Zu den jüngsten New-Power-Mitstreitern gehören Schlagzeuger Michael B. und das Rap/Tanz-Trio Tony M., Damon Dickson und Kirk Johnson.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

22. April 2016 at 16:38

R.I.P., Maurice White – let’s pay tribute with a collective playlist on Spotify!

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Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982 (Photo: Chris Hakkens / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982 (Photo: Chris Hakkens / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

I was saddened to read the following news earlier tonight:

Maurice White always was particularly close to my heart because he was both a musician’s musician and managed to achieve pop hits. I think I hated „Boogie Wonderland“ when it first came out, but it grew on me. Especially after reading the great story behind it which songwriter Allee Willis made me aware of on Facebook (check the comments section). ;-)

I started to compile a Spotify playlist with my favorite Maurice White songs right after hearing the bad news. So far, it contains 4 hours 28 minutes of great funk, soul and jazz (use it in shuffle mode). Artists include (in alphabetical order) Barbra Streisand, Billy Stewart, Brian Culbertson, Deniece Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, El DeBarge, The Emotions, Fontella Bass, James Ingram, Ramsey Lewis, Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Salty Peppers, The Tubes:

I configured the playlist to be a collaborative effort. Feel free to add your personal favorites on Spotify. If you don’t have a Spotify account, post your music links (YouTube & Co.) in the comments section of this blog entry. And please retweet/repost this tribute in your social media circles!
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The Complete New Funk Times Issue #1 from 1989

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The New Funk Times used to accompany George Clinton albums on Capitol Records in the ’80s. From 1989 to 1991, I published it as a subscription-only newsletter. I made the P.Funk History Double Issue available before, here is issue #1 from 1989. It features interviews with George Clinton & Bootsy Collins, and a 250-record P.Funk discography.
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